The Great Basin Smokejumpers practiced some jumps out of a plane on June 29.
The Smokejumpers are responsible for quick responses to fires when they are first starting in remote areas. “Smokejumpers are a really fast, reliable, and experienced initial attack resource,” said Tim Nix, one of the Great Basin Smokejumpers.
Jumping out of a plane and heading to battle a fire can be thrilling for many of the Smokejumpers. “Every guy that I work with has some sort of fear in them at some point in time, and I just think it keeps us sharp,” said Tyler Kuhn, one of the Great Basin Smokejumpers.
Here in Mesa County, fire is a common hazard. According to officials with the Grand Junction Fire Department, they have responded to over 100 calls about fires in the last month. Authorities say community members can help by being aware of their actions and being careful with things like cigarette butts which could lead to fire. “Working together is how you achieve true community preparedness,” said Dirk Clingman, a Community Outreach Specialist for the Grand Junction Fire Department.
The Grand Junction Fire Department authorities would like to remind Mesa County residents that fireworks are banned at this time.